Wilmington Jewish Film Festival Press Release

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The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with The United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington, proudly announces its first complete, three-day cinema festival, with screenings Thursday evening April 3rd at 7:30, Saturday evening, April 5th, at 8:00, and a double-feature on Sunday, April 6th, at 3:30 P.M. and 7 P.M. Three dramas (by Israeli and French filmmakers) and one biographical documentary (by a Czech filmmaker) will offer unique perspectives on Jewish identity, Jewish rituals, Jewish history, and life in Israel. All films will be screened at Thalian Hall Main Stage. Dessert receptions follow the Thursday and Saturday screenings, with a full savory reception between the two Sunday screenings. The Wilmington community is invited to come early on Sunday for the first screening at 3:30, stay to enjoy the reception, and then be part of the Festival’s heartfelt finale with the final screening at 7:00.

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Our four-course cinematic meal will have audiences laughing and crying. They will offer lots of food for thought. Here is the lineup:

  1. Thursday Night at 7:30: The Other Son is the story of two men, an Israeli and Palestinian, who were accidentally switched at birth and raised in the other’s culture and religious practices. The film movingly depicts the turmoil within the families affected by this switch. Both families are forced to reconsider their identities, values, and beliefs.
  2. Saturday Night at 8:00: For a Woman tells the tale of the marriage of Michel and Lena through the eyes of their daughter Anna. The complexities of this loving marriage are intensified by the couple’s Jewish identity in France during World War II and by the appearance of the husband’s brother.
  3. Sunday afternoon at 3:30: Fill the Void gives audience a glimpse into the lives of Hasidic Jews in Israel. Levirite marriage laws are depicted as a young Hasidic woman Shira, in love and engaged to marry a young man of similar age and background to herself, is pressured into an arranged marriage with the widower of her much-older sister Esther, who has died in childbirth. The film’s emotionally fraught close-up scenes, haunting lighting effects, and gifted acting add to the emotional impact of the film on audiences. This film will have a question-and-answer session, led by Chana Lieblich, of the Chabad of Wilmington religious community.
  4. Sunday evening at 7:00: In Nicky’s Family, viewers experience a biopic documentary of extraordinary moral courage and emotional depth. The film depicts the work of Sir Nicholas Winton, now called Britain’s Schindler, who in 1939 saved the lives of 669 children in Nazi-occupied Czechoslavakia, bringing the children across Germany into the safety of Britain. He never spoke of his work for more than fifty years. His secret efforts were not revealed to those rescued or to the entire world until his wife found documents and transport plans in a suitcase in their attic. In 1988 the BBC broadcast the first reunion of Winton with a hundred of those rescued children and their families.

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Tickets may be purchased individually, with some combination packages available, through the Thalian Hall Box Office at (910) 632-2285. Individual tickets for Thursday and Saturday’s films are priced at $15 (including the reception). Tickets for the two Sunday films are $18 each, which includes the reception between screenings. Packages include: the entire series of four films with three receptions for $58; and a Sunday package of two films and a reception, priced at $32. There will also be student tickets, priced at $10 for each film.

For more information, email wilmingtonjewishfilmfestival@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and visit our festival team’s website for updates on the spring festival: https://www.facebook.com/WilmingtonJewishFilmFestival

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